BOSTON — More than four months after the Boston Marathon bombings, many questions linger about warnings that were missed before the explosions, actions taken during the search for the bombers and the mysterious death of a potential witness during questioning by the FBI. What’s most disturbing is that there appears to be no comprehensive effort to answer questions of public interest.
But several recent incidents indicate the search for answers continues:
— GateHouse Media, parent company of The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette, has continued to raise questions about documents missing from the official docket of the case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Last week, Michael J. ... Read more »
Out of the spotlight after Boston Marathon bombing, Katherine Russell moves forward after husband’s death, FBI scrutiny
Four and a half months after the Boston Marathon bombing ripped through the finish line, killing 3 people and wounding more than 260, Katherine Russell’s life has inched forward.
Russell, widow of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, remains at her family’s North Kingstown home, where she came after her husband died in a firefight with the police four days after the April 15 bombing.
Her lawyer says tabloid reports that Russell has reverted to Christianity are untrue.
"She remains a Muslim and still wears a hijab,” says lawyer Amato A. DeLuca, of DeLuca & Weizenbaum.
Russell has been working for a family friend in Rhode Island "for a while,” DeLuca said, while caring for her toddler daughter. After the bombing, Russell stopped using her husband’s name.
The FBI and media no longer trail her. She ha ... Read more »
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dramatic calls among emergency responders immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings were released Friday.
The transmissions are another view of how well Boston’s emergency services agencies responded to the April attack, CBS 2′s Andrea Grymes reported.
Just 10 seconds after the first explosion, the EMS radio started lighting up.
"Something just exploded at the finish line,” one emergency worker said.
Then a second bomb was detonated.
"All units, ... Read more »
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Robel Phillpos, a 19-year-old friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, was indicted Thursday for allegedly making false statements to officials investigating the bombing.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Phillipos was charged with two counts of making false statements. He was originally charged in May along with two other friends of Tsarnaev's, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov. Affidavits filed in support of the earlier charges claimed the three men went to Tsarnaev's room and removed items after Tsarnaev's photo was released and identified as a bombing suspect. Once Tsarnaev was named, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov allegedly threw out a backpack they had obtained in his room that contained fireworks emptied of powder. Phillipos was accused of knowingly concealing these facts from investigators.
Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were in ... Read more »
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A new batch of photos has surfaced depicting police units on the hunt for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The images, published in the September edition of Boston Magazine, show the bloodied and bruised suspect moments before being captured by sniper teams in a Watertown, Mass., backyard on April 19.
Sergeant Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police, handed over the images to the magazine after he being angered by the portrayal of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Since releasing the collection, Murphy has been reassigned to the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at the State Police barracks in Athol. Police say the transfer was not a demotion or punishment, but that Murphy will be investigated in connection with the leak.
"Because the allegation he faces is germane to his former role in media relations, the department confiscated his department-issued ... Read more »
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Photo by: FreeJahar
Trauma surgeon Stephen Ray Odom, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, testified on April 22 that alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered from a "high-powered injury” that resulted in wounds to the middle ear, the skull base, his vertebrae and his pharynx.
A trauma surgeon detailed the suspect's condition in a hearing the day the Chechen immigrant, who was lying in a Boston hospital bed, was first charged over the bombing attacks that killed three people and wounded about 264.
Tsarnaev was arrested on 19 April, four days after the bombing attack, at the conclusion of a day-long lockdown of most of the Boston area that began ... Read more »
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Published: February 7, 2003
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is recruiting Chinese students at American universities to gain insight into what it says is an intensified effort by the Chinese government to obtain militarily useful technologies in the United States, according to law enforcement officials.
A senior F.B.I. official said the program was aimed at students and scholars because they were sometimes tapped by the Chinese government to collect information, particularly in nuclear physics and disciplines that could be used to advance military communications, missile tracking and battlefield command and control.
The effort, which the official said had been going on for six months and entailed paying students from China, comes as the ... Read more »
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Bystanders beware: crime scenes staged on streets
(Newser) – Criminal incidents around Washington may not always be what they seem: The FBI, CIA, Secret Service, and other authorities stage crimes all over town, aiming to put trainees in the heat of the action, the Washington Post reports. Professional actors, students, retired cops, and others play bad-guy targets for new recruits—sometimes to the shock of bystanders not in on the drama.
"The goal is to make the training realistic and relevant,” says a CIA spokeswoman. Some actors get deeply involved in their roles: One psychologist has played the same mentally ill person for decades, evolving from a man "babb ... Read more »
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To the Tsarnaev family:
We, All4Jahar, want to apologize for an article posted, yesterday.
We fully support Dzhokhar *Jahar* , his brother Tamerlan, and their friend Ibragim.
All4Jahar apologizes to the Tsarnaev family and to the supporters, as well.
We are a positive group. We support Jahar and are working to help get his freedom back.
... Read more »
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ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The father of a Chechen man shot to death by the FBI in Florida said he is satisfied that a full investigation of the incident will be undertaken.
The Orlando area's top prosecutor has promised Abdulbaki Todashev he will find out why federal agents interrogating his 27-year-old son Ibragim shot him, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.
The elder Todashev met with Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who promised a full investigation but offered no timetable for its completion, his lawyer said.
Ibragim Todashev was being questioned outside his Orlando condo in May ... Read more »
Views: 1641 | | Date: 2013-08-21 | Comments (33)